A version of this article appears in the August 25 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology. To the lone inventor in aviation, the chance to have serious engineering horsepower applied to your idea is rare. For Pat Peebles and his FanWing concept, that opportunity has come in the form of a European Union (EU)-funded program led by German aerospace center DLR. The project is relatively small—two years and €783,000 ($1.05 million), including EU funding—but if the ...

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